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Doolittle's Wife's Cut

What we found was that working on commission at all is generally frowned on. As Wendy Warfield of Warfield & Associates said, "A lot of fundraisers don't do commissions anymore, because it's not considered the best practice."

But for fundraisers who do work on commission, 15 percent is within the accepted range, we were told. That doesn't make the Doolittle's arrangement kosher (it's a handy setup to channel bribes to Doolittle), but it is arguably within the fair market standards.

Keep in mind also that those "market standards" apply for established consultancies. Doolittle's wife worked out of their house, had no known experience, no known employees, and her only other clients are Jack Abramoff, an admitted felon, and Ed Buckham, who's under investigation.